Culture

How I Celebrate Holi

How I Celebrate Holi

Holi, a festival of colors, is quite a sight: . Colors fly everywhere and people dancing, having the time of their lives. Every household does holi in their own unique way and no one gets left out. In my family, the celebration starts not on […]

What is Holi? Why is it celebrated?

What is Holi? Why is it celebrated?

Holi is a major festival in many regions of India and marks the beginning of spring. On this day, friends and families get together to celebrate with flowers, colors, and water. While there are many legends as to why this festival is celebrated, the most […]

Songkran: The Thai Festival Of Splashes

Songkran: The Thai Festival Of Splashes

Songkran, an annual Thai festival that is held on April 13th-15th is celebrated in Thailand and Laos. The literal translation of Songkran is  ‘Astrological passage’ which means ‘transformation’. Unlike how January 1st marks the beginning of a new year in the west, Songkran is recognized […]

Symbolic Emperors and Co-authored Constitutions

Symbolic Emperors and Co-authored Constitutions

April 29, the previous Emperor’s birthday, is known as Showa Day in Japan. The holiday was defined as a day to reflect on the tumultuous Showa era and the ensuing reconstruction that Japan underwent and to think ahead to the future of the country. While […]

Setting Out Hina Dolls for Hinamatsuri雛祭り🎎: Japan

Setting Out Hina Dolls for Hinamatsuri雛祭り🎎: Japan

Have you ever wondered what this emoji🎎—two pale dolls in fancy clothing sitting next to each other with matching spikes on their heads—means? These two dolls are the odairisama and ohinasama, the emperor and empress (similar to the king and queen) of the March 3rd […]

Devouring Pancakes for Uzgavenes: Lithuania

Devouring Pancakes for Uzgavenes: Lithuania

When I think about “Uzgavenes,” images of colorful masks, heavenly delicious pancakes and joyfully dancing people immediately pop into my mind. There is no doubt that this celebration, which takes place in public squares and parks, is one of the most distinctive traditional Lithuanian holidays. […]

Setsubun: Clearing Away the Demons for A New Year (Japan)

Setsubun: Clearing Away the Demons for A New Year (Japan)

Walking through a Japanese neighborhood on February 3rd, you are likely to see someone with a mask of a demon and people throwing beans at the demon repeating “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi” (Translated to “Demons go away, welcome happiness and good luck”). Or […]